The next application due date is Friday, February 19th, 2016, for the fall 2016 semester. Click here for the online application and information about the supplemental application materials.

The South Carolina Washington Semester Internship Program (WSP) gives students in universities and colleges across the state of South Carolina the opportunity to spend a semester working and taking classes in Washington DC, gaining valuable experience while earning academic credit toward their degrees.

In DC, Washington Semester Program Fellows get firsthand experience with the political process, obtaining skills that will help prepare them for careers in virtually any sphere.  In the past, Washington Semester Program Fellows have attended important events, such as the inauguration ceremonies, White House arrival ceremonies for visiting head of states, joint sessions of Congress, and arguments before the Supreme Court. Recent seminars have featured meetings with White House personnel, the Deputy Attorney General, cabinet secretaries, senior TV network correspondents, lobbyists, embassy officials and other national leaders.

But it's not all work...

Students meet interesting and influential people, establishing contacts for personal and professional networking.  Students also have time to tour the monuments, explore the museums, and experience the international flavor of the world's most powerful capital.


Key Dates & Application Details


Application Deadline:  Friday, February 19th, 2016

Applicant’s Interview Date:  Saturday, February 27th, 2016

Mandatory Orientation Date:  Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Program Start Date:  September 1st, 2016

Program End Date:  December 17th, 2016


Program Eligibility

The WSP is a state-wide program available to qualified students attending the following South Carolina colleges and universities:

  1. Charleston Southern University    
  2. The Citadel
  3. Claflin University
  4. Clemson University
  5. Coastal Carolina University
  6. College of Charleston
  7. Francis Marion University
  8. Lander University
  9. South Carolina State
  10. University of South Carolina - Aiken
  11. University University of South Carolina- Columbia
  12. University of South Carolina - Upstate
  13. Wofford College
  14. Winthrop University

Housing Costs

Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) is the management company that owns and manages the house in which the South Carolina Washington Semester Program students live. Payments are made directly to WISH, with payment plans available if students contact WISH. Housing costs for the spring 2015 semester total $4671.   

Learn more about how to apply.

For more information regarding the Washington Semester Internship Program, contact:

Julie Hutt
Director of Internship Programs, South Carolina Honors College

FAX:  803-777-2214